Restorative Justice is a culture and set of practices that engage a community in building relationships and repairing harm through mutual, inclusive dialogue, understanding, and cooperation. A whole-school approach to Restorative Justice is more than a set of interventions aimed at students, but rather a way of being that touches all members of the school community and their relationships with each other.
As one DC educator shared, “One of my favorite parts is that Restorative Practices is so user-friendly. There is such a push on the academic piece nowadays and there is a disconnect between the educator and the youth. It is a problem that exists in so many of our schools. RP closes the distance between our educators, adults, and kids. This helps us keep connected as they are getting older. It’s a great tool. Not just reactive, but to build community.”
OSSE, is partnering with Restorative DC, a project of SchoolTalk Inc., to offer monthly trainings on Restorative Justice. In addition, a Community of Practice is held every second Tuesday of the month where participants will have opportunities to engage with other educators for peer support and professional learning.
Restorative Justice Professional Development
To view the full schedule of Restorative Justice professional development training opportunities for Winter 2020, see attached flyer or click on the registration links below.
- Friday, Jan. 24, 2020: Restorative Justice in the Everyday Classroom
- Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020: Restorative Responses to Behavior
- Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020: Restorative Schools Overview
- Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020: Responsive Circle Implementation
- Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020: Trauma and Resilience
- Friday, Feb. 21, 2020: Restorative Justice and Special Education
- Thursday, March 5, 2020: Restorative Justice Communication and Conflict Resolution
- Friday, March 20, 2020: Support Circle Keeping
- Friday, April 17, 2020: Restorative Justice and Young Learners
Restorative Justice Monthly Community of Practice [Register]
During the 2019-20 school year, OSSE will partner with Restorative DC, a project of SchoolTalk Inc., to convene a monthly Community of Practice (CoP). This CoP will discuss the implementation of Restorative Justice practices in District of Columbia schools, focusing on a particular topic each month. These practices center on building a safe and effective learning environment through positive relationships, connection, and accountability. Participants will have opportunities to engage with other educators for peer support and professional development, while experiencing how circles can be used to build community and resolve issues collectively.
The CoP is held on the second Tuesday of each month, from 9-11:30 a.m., and is open to LEAs that are currently implementing Restorative Justice practices or are interested in learning more about it. Regular attendance by at least one representative from each LEA is encouraged. The location rotates each month to a different school campus or library.
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019
Topic: Building Community
Location: One Judiciary Square (441 Fourth St. NW), Old Council Chambers
Restorative Justice is a culture and set of practices that engage a community in building relationships and repairing harm through mutual, inclusive dialogue, understanding, and cooperation. A whole-school approach to Restorative Justice is more than a set of interventions aimed at students, but rather a way of being that touches all members of the school community and their relationships with each other. For this month's Community of Practice, We will be creating a dynamic space for representatives of schools and agencies, seasoned practitioners, and advocates to share experiences and lessons learned, address important questions and concerns, and develop tangible next steps for building strong school communities right from the beginning of the year.
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019
Topic: Bullying Awareness through Restorative Practices
Location: Neval Thomas Elementary School, 650 Anacostia Ave. NE
Restorative Justice is a culture and set of practices that engage a community in building relationships and repairing harm through mutual, inclusive dialogue; understanding; and cooperation. A whole-school approach to Restorative Justice encompasses a set of interventions aimed at students; however, it goes a step further as it is a way of being that touches all members of the school community and their relationships with each other.
As we recognize October as Bullying Prevention Month, this Community of Practice (CoP) will offer an opportunity to for participants to engage with others on their experiences using restorative practices. Specifically, participants will engage in pro-active and community building circles to address bullying, harassment, and other forms of inappropriate behaviors that belittle and tease students as well as adults.
Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019
Topic: Social Emotional Learning and Restorative Practices
Location: Walker Jones Education Campus, 1125 New Jersey Ave. NW
In the November Restorative Justice Community of Practice, participants will explore the concepts of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in our school communities and apply the concepts within a restorative framework. Drawing on the experiences of participants, we will navigate how restorative practices can be integrated with SEL in our classrooms and school communities.
Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019
Topic: Responsive Discipline and Restorative Practices
Location: Children’s Defense Fund Office, 840 First St. NE, Suite 300
Topic: Restorative Practices with Special Education
Location: Alice Deal Middle School, 3815 Fort Dr. NW
Topic: Youth Leadership
Location: EL Haynes PCS, 4501 Kansas Ave. NW
Topic: Self-Care in the Testing Season
Location: Hart Middle School, 601 Mississippi Ave. SE
Topic: Family Engagement
Location: Columbia Heights Education Campus, 3101 16th St. NW
For questions, please contact Jessica Dulay at [email protected].